The Blanket Dance
“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” – Oscar Wilde
We’ve made this dance for you to see it. As we make our rounds along the periphery of the space nothing is left untouched. The lights, our bodies, the sound, you, the objects, are all mutually affected. “The Blanket Dance” addresses a proliferating curiosity about touch, and about how form itself can be content. We see how the reach of touching produces a movement, and how this movement reveals unexpected affinities, images, and meanings. In “The Blanket Dance” touch behaves and misbehaves, in making sense and non-sense. We see how it animates the inanimate and turns the most concrete things into the softest of matters.
- About Jefta van Dinther
Jefta van Dinther is a choreographer and dancer working between Amsterdam, Stockholm and Berlin. Jefta grew up in Sweden, after which he moved to the Netherlands and graduated from the Amsterdam School of the Art in 2003. His previous performance “Kneeding” – a choreography for three men – premiered in Amsterdam in 2010. In 2009 he made the quintet “The Way Things Go” – a slowly moving sculpture of cause and effect. Together with Mette Ingvartsen he created the performance “IT’S IN THE AIR”. Apart from dancing in his own performances Jefta also performs in the works of others. He is currently still working and touring with performances by Mette Ingvartsen, Xavier Le Roy and Ivana Muller. He has been engaged as a performer with various other choreographers including Frédéric Gies, Keren Levi, Leine/Roebana, Pere Faura, Carolien Hermans, Martin Butler and Inari Salmivaara
- About DD Dorvillier
DD Dorvillier is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher from New York. Through her company, human future dance corps, she has produced many works, presenting them in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. She has also taught worldwide in state and private institutions, festivals, and schools. Recent collaborative projects include: “Piece Sans Paroles” with Anne Juren and Annie Dorsen, “RMW(A) & RMW” with Jennifer Monson and “Anarchive #2: Secondhan”d with Deuffert/Plishke. She has received two Bessies for her quartet “Dressed for Floating” and for her performance in “Parades & Change’s” directed by choreographer Anne Collod. Dorvillier maintains on-going artistic partnerships with Composer Zeena Parkins, and Lighting Designer Thomas Dunn. She has worked with many artists such as: Sarah Michelson, Jennifer Lacey, Yvonne Meier, Jonathan Bepler, and Karen Finley, among others. She is a recipient of the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship and was a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellow. Her newest project Danza Permanente will permiere at STUK in Leuven, Belgium in 2012.
- About Frédéric Gies
Frédéric Gies, born in France, lives and works in Berlin. After studying ballet and contemporary dance, he worked with various French choreographers, before moving to Berlin in 2004. He is co-initiator of the collective Praticable. He creates his pieces alone or in collaboration with other artists, such as Alice Chauchat, Frédéric de Carlo, Jefta van Dinther, DD Dorvillier, Manuel Pelmus, Bruno Pocheron, Isabelle Schad and Odile Seitz. He also keeps on dancing in pieces of other choreographers, for example Jefta van Dinther, Antonja Livingstone, Petra Sabisch and Isabelle Schad. He is regularly invited to teach at HZT in Berlin, DOCH in Stockholm and SNDO in Amsterdam. His recent works, such as “Dance”, “The breast piece” in collaboration with Alice Chauchat, and “Album” have been presented in numerous theaters and festivals.
Choreography and Dance: Jefta van Dinther, DD Dorvillier, Frédéric Gies. Music and Sound Score: Jonathan Bepler, Daniel Jenatsch. Lighting Design: Minna Tiikkainen. Technical Director: Ruth Waldeyer. Production Management: Christian Modersbach. Co-produced by Frascati Productions (Amsterdam), HAU (Berlin), Tanzquartier (Wien). Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Berlin). Supported by: fabrik (Potsdam), Tanzplan Potsdam, CNDC (Angers). Thanks to: Robert Steijn, Kristine Slettevold, Naiara Mendioroz Azkarate, Sabine Prokhoris, Simon Hecquet, Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea, Ulrike Melzwig.
- The Blanket Dance
- Jefta van Dinther, DD Dorvillier, Frédéric Gies
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